IWSG Sept. Do you have any self-defeating beliefs about yourself and writing?
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Do you have any self-defeating beliefs about yourself and writing, or things you tell yourself, even though logically, you know they are not true?
Some of the self-defeating beliefs or negativism that I will tell myself are such things as I’m not good enough, or I’m not smart enough or educated enough. The whole I’m not line of things. Procrastination excuses like I can’t find time, its too complicated, I really need to get that chore done, maybe I am wasting my time it’s just crap, or I don’t know how to do it. I also tell myself when bouncing back and forth on an idea that I must do more research. I spend far too much time googling things and reading books for information just so I can begin to write, when I already know enough to write.
Sometimes I get really frustrated and discouraged and spend time telling myself you’re not a real writer, because, because, because… instead of just writing anyway, despite the feelings. Your subconscious is a funny thing and you find yourself doing things to sabotage self without realizing why, or sometimes that you are doing it
The fear of losing what you love or changing it, or fear of success and failure, so your never really begin just a bunch of starts and stops. Or what if I finish and I can’t do again? This is a merry-go-round I want to get off and stay off. I need to turn procrastination into action.
In order to do this I will have to recognize those subconscious things that influence my actions so heavily without my conscious permission, stay alert, ready to change or divert them before they take root creating a new behavior in my daily actions.
Battle plan: Recognize, understand, stay alert, stay flexible, change and divert.
That is why developing positive daily habits are so important. It helps program your subconscious. Fake it till you make it, until its not acting anymore but your way of life. I’m reading a variety of books about this subject and most recent listed below. I know this could be considered procrastination, but I have limited myself to just reading at night maybe an hour before bed.
My mindset needs to change making writing my business in a more conscious and action oriented way. I need to develop stronger business skills and stay always aware and up-to-date with change. I need to make sure I am always wearing my business person and entrepreneur hat, so I can see the dream into reality. Not one day, but right now. That is my commitment to self taking affirmative actions for that goal.
Kick procrastination to the curb, while learning better time management. Accept that with first draft it is okay to write crap first time through. Label it finish, put it out there and do it again. Get to doing consistently, Write, Publish, Repeat, like the book. Have faith through the doubts and the hard knocks. Write despite life. Be Brave!
“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or:you go out in the ocean.”
I learned to swim when I was three years old. Shouldn’t be a problem for me, right?
ONE STEP OR GOAL AT A TIME: First new small specific goal starting tomorrow: Write 15 minutes or 500 words on writing project or short story, not blog, website or world building, daily. Discover my best time for this and stick to faithfully, and learn to adapt when it no longer works out due to life.
Putting on my business-entrepreneur hat for good measure.
Links to books I am reading now:
Business For Authors: How To Be An Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn
11 Ways To Make Money Free Video Training from author Joanna Penn–signup here
Prosperity For Writers: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Abundance by Honoree Corder
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
Get Your First 10,000 Readers Nick Stephenson Note: check out POPUP for Free Video Training.
Click picture to go to course.
Successful Authors That Know The In’s and Out’s and Have Made Writing and the Indie Way Their Business
Some of these authors are also very familiar with traditional publishing having been in this business for many years.
Holly Lisle, Get Her Free Flash Fiction course above
Joanna Penn Free Video Training above
Sean Platt, Dave Wright & Johnny B. Truant Check out their self-publishing podcast once you enter their site under Smarter Artist.
Free Read on site-Killing the Sacred Cow of Publishing Dean Wesley Smith
Just to name a few I like to learn from and follow. There are more, a lot more. They are proof this can be done and they are willing to tell you how they did it. The biggest hurdle I believe we all have is our mindset. The way we think about writing and our own insecurities.
Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker This is a great short read that I have really enjoyed! Available on Amazon.
What You Can Do When The World Is Plotting Against You– Guest post by David Villalva on website Live Write Thrive C. S. Lakin Another website and author I follow with great tips and info. I also found myself signing up for her guest poster David Villalva site, whom I found to be entertaining and informative, his website & The Story Heart Blueprint.
I recommend signing up for the free illustrated guide, which adds even more and a visual to the process. I found this visual presentation re-affirming, presenting a snap picture that brought concepts together in one place. It reinforced my own knowledge in a simple approach with impact.
I’m addicted to reading and learning about the craft. I crave different perspectives that allow me to see concepts I know through others eyes, which brings me better understanding and sometimes the epiphany or two.
MY OVERALL WRITING GOALS FOR 2015: Rediscover the fun in writing. Write forward not backwards. Finish my first serious draft for revision or rewrite. Write several short stories and revamp my website, until I find the right fit. Try to blog more often, although writing story is my main focus to build my writer’s platform. Learn as much as I can about marketing and do what I can now, or have it ready to implement, when the time comes. Put together a collection of poetry and prose.
I’ve made a good start, but I’m behind, however, 2015 is not in my rear view mirror yet.
“In my rear view mirror
My life is getting clearer
The sunset sighs and slowly disappears.”
~Bon Jovi Lost Highway